Posts Tagged ‘MBQI’


New Classes Added at The Culinary Center

June 14, 2016

Delia, our Dean of Deliciousness, is at it again, adding cooking classes to our schedule!   Here are the latest additions:

BBQ ribsLearn to make a Kansas City staple properly with our Midwest BBQ Institute: Finger Lickin’ BBQ Ribs class!  Our MBQI classes help you master the grill in a fun and delicious way. Chef Richard McPeake (Educator of ‘Que and former Grand Champ at The American Royal World Series of BBQ) will break it all down for you on Tuesday, August 23.

Learn to make tamales!Our popular Tamalada Party with the Lara Sisters class is being offered again on Saturday, Aug. 27!  Don’t miss the chance to learn authentic tamale-making from sisters Vicky and Susy. These two know their stuff, and they’re ready and willing to share family recipes, secrets and techniques to the class.

We’re putting the finishing touches on the new fall schedule. Look for that online and in your mailbox by late July!


Check Out New April Cooking Classes

February 20, 2016

Spring classes are filling up quickly so we added a few more! Register before the seats are gone…

  • Craft Beer and the Art of BBQThursday, April 21  | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
    Flavorful Weekend Nights
    & Midwest Barbecue Institute
    Beer + BBQ: Craft Beer and the Art of BBQ
    Chef Richard McPeake &
    Boulevard Beer’s Kyle Hopkins
    Dinner & craft beer pairings  |  HO

Lots of opportunities for a bit of fun and learning in our kitchens!  Seating is limited, so sign up today. 

Register Now


The American Royal Did What???

May 17, 2015

CCKC's Midwest Barbeque InstituteYep, the American Royal moved to Arrowhead Stadium from its home of 36 years in the West Bottoms.  And you know what that means?  Our Midwest BBQ Institute will STILL be offering our annual “Weekend in the Inner Sanctum of a Competition BBQ Team” Class!  (Folks, we have ‘placed” every year. We mean business!)

We realize that summer hasn’t even officially begun, but that hasn’t stopped us from opening up registration for this limited-enrollment experience that is your chance to not only learn how to compete in the World Series of BBQ but also to get a “real deal” behind-the-scenes experience to grill with the pros… including an American Royal Grand Champion!  This is a priceless opportunity, but, well… we’ve put a price on it. We have just 12 openings – grab your spot NOW!

In our Inner Sanctum class, Friday through Sunday, Oct. 2 – 4, you’ll experience a hands-on, up-close-and-personal full weekend of BBQ with the masters themselves. (This team, including professional chef and 30+year BBQ Pit Master Chef Richard McPeake and Culinary Instructor and Food-and-Beverage Guy’ Bruce Campbell, placed 8th in BBQ Sides and 9th in BBQ Pork last year – they know what they’re doing!)

These guys will take you step-by-step through the entire American Royal contest process. You’ll learn the ins and outs of prep and trimming of meats, fire building and maintenance, entry presentations, judging activities, etc. You can stay all night, if you dare!

Click here to grab your spot at the grill today!


BBQ, Wine & Musical Fruit?!

May 14, 2015

MBQIYep, It’s Nat’l BBQ Month!

Come help us celebrate this Friday in
Downtown Overland Park
at our 3rd Friday LOCAL LIFE event!

Friday May 15, 2015
5:00-8:30 p.m.

FREE  BBQ TASTINGS!  Bruce Campbell, BBQ expert and culinary instructor extraordinaire will be manning the grill out in front of The Culinary Center with some great BBQ education… and some tastings that will make you wanna slap your momma!

FREE WINE TASTINGS! AS USUAL!   Our LOCAL LIFE  event at The Culinary Center wouldn’t be complete without some wine tasting, now, would it?!  Step into our Santa Fe Kitchen to see what the folks at Handcrafted Wine and Spirits have for you to try this month.

FREE MUSICAL FRUIT CONCERT! (What??) Dave Cedillo and the musical fruit & veggie stylings of Beep Goes The Weasel will join us again this month. You won’t believe the sounds that come from this produce! Give it a try yourself – Dave will show you how.

And don’t miss out on the events offered by other downtown Overland Park merchants and restaurants on Friday. There are so many specials and discounts and samples and happenings to enjoy! Click on the image below to get a listing.

Eat, Drink & Shop LOCAL
in Downtown Overland Park

May Local Life activities in downtown Overland Park


3 Things I Bet You Didn’t Know About Us….

April 20, 2015

Yes, we do cooking classes. But we do SO MUCH MORE!
Here is just a taste (pun intended) of some other things we specialize in!

  • All Hands for Hunger™
    An Interactive Cooking Event with a Community Service Purpose

    In February, Commerce Bank brought in more than 100 people and took their corporate teambuilding to a whole new level with our All Hands for Hunger™ program. They created a freezer full of food (684 servings) for Ronald McDonald House. Then they celebrated their good deed and dined around the table together.
  • Private Cooking Classes
    Over the coming months, we will be hosting a series of private cooking classes for Wounded Warrior Project as part of their wellness program to promote healthy living for veterans and their families. We will be covering topics from Basic Healthy Cooking to Backyard Healthy Grilling.
  • Customized Private Events
    Marketing Execs were in our kitchen recently for a customized KC immersion event where we took them on a “Tour de BBQ” conducted by our own Chef Richard McPeake, Educator of Que.  We learned about (and tasted!)  all the styles of BBQ that can be found in KC, the melting pot of BBQ styles, including delicious BBQ from our very own in-house Midwest Barbeque Institute™.

And the list goes on…

Call us if you’d like to discuss creating a private event for your group.  Contact us @ or 913.341.4455


Wanna Cook Like A Pro? …Then Learn From One!

February 19, 2015

Richard McPeakeMeet Professional Chef Richard McPeake, who teaches our wildly popular 9-week Pro-Series class starting this Tuesday.  A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, Chef McPeake has 30+ years of  experience as a professional chef and has been commanding classes here at The Culinary Center for more than 16 of them.   Yes, friends, he knows his way around a kitchen… especially a teaching kitchen!

If you think you’re ready for a culinary challenge – and you’re giddy at the thought of wearing a chef coat to class each week – register today and reserve your seat in Richard’s class today.

Special Delia’s Delicious Deal discount
being offered until Monday at 9 a.m. –
to our Pro Series I starting Tuesday, February 24!


Designed after a typical first year of chef training, this 9-week course meeting Tuesdays starting February 24 will take your cooking skills to a whole new level.  As part of your registration fee, you will receive a piece of our new Pro Series Cookware line – a 10″ stainless steel sauté pan to boot!  This class will not be offered again until fall.

Haven’t you always said you wanted to learn how to cook … or to learn to cook better?  What are you waiting for?!

Click here for more information about the Pro Series I culinary series at The Culinary Center.



December 27, 2014
Oct 7, 2014

The American Royal was a blast. Our MBQI team received two “calls” (top 10 – a/k/a American Royal Ribbons).

9th in Side Dish – Beans

8th in Pork

This is a HUGE deal, folks.  There were 563 teams and we beat out some of the best and brightest.  Kudos to Bruce and Richard for kicking some BBQ butt, as usual.  It was a lot of time and talent invested in making this a success.  Kansas City is THE place for BBQ as you know, and we were right there in the thick of it…. AND placed.

Here are a few photos from the weekend.  The two guys with me in the final picture do NOT represent one of my recent dating escapades….. J  But rather our two chefs from Scotland who traveled here just to attend our Inner Sanctum class.  Aye, it was a good time by all.

Be sure and congratulate Bruce and Richard, ok?





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